A Plethora of Parties: 5 Skating Celebrations That Aren’t Birthday Parties

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Skating birthday parties are fun, but why do they get all the attention? There are plenty of other special occasions to celebrate at the skating rink. Check out these 5 roller skating party ideas, and book your event today at Skate World Center!

5 Non-Birthday Reasons to Party at the Skating Rink

Graduation Parties

With the end of the academic year right around the corner, it’s time to book graduation parties. Celebrate your child’s (or your own!) scholastic milestone with a party that all of your friends and family can enjoy. Whether you’re celebrating a graduating high school senior, undergrad, graduate, or another milestone like passing the bar or doing well on the MCAT or LSAT, a skating party provides an opportunity to reward the honoree for all of their hard work. 

End of Year Class Parties

It has been a wild year for students and teachers thanks to the pandemic, and having to do school remotely has been hard for everyone. Kids may be missing their classmates and feeling isolated, so why not plan an end of the year class party to cheer them up? Now that more people are getting vaccinated, a class party could be the perfect way to break the ice and help kids reconnect with their peers. 

Team Parties

Sports team parties are usually pretty simple—pizzas, sodas, a speech from the coach or parents, and maybe some trophies. That’s all well and good, but why limit it to a restaurant where the kids will be bored with nothing to do? Instead, host a team pizza party at the skating rink! You can still have all the staples of a classic team party, but instead of making a mess on the tables or running around tripping waiters after they’re done with their pizza, the kids can go work off some energy on the skating rink.
Skating is not only a really good source of aerobic exercise, but it’s also fun and social, making it a perfect team bonding activity. The stronger those friendships are off the field/court/track/etc., the better the team will perform when the pressure’s on!   

Pre-Wedding Parties

A wedding is not just a party. Oh, no. It’s the culmination of an entire series of parties, from the engagement party to the wedding showers to the bachelor and bachelorette parties. If playing typical wedding shower games sounds painfully boring, or you want to plan a pre-wedding event that guests will actually enjoy, a roller skating party is the way to go.
Our spacious skating rink is perfect for private or public events when you want to entertain a crowd. Skating provides a great atmosphere for mingling, letting loose, and having fun together, all of which are important when bringing families together… Not to mention throwing your wedding party members into the mix! Don’t stress about your college roommate, your sister, your BFF, and your soon-to-be in-laws getting along; after a night of food, music, and roller skating, the ice will be broken! Everyone will be more comfortable with each other when your big day rolls around, and that will make it a lot less stressful for you and your partner.

Company Parties

Last, but not least, don’t forget about company parties! It can be challenging to plan a corporate event that doesn’t feel like work, but if there’s anything that could make a company party enjoyable, it’s roller skating!

Learn How Kids Skate FREE at Skate World Center!

Kids Skate Free badge on lanyardIt’s no secret that having kids is expensive. Food, clothing, childcare, education, and all of the other expenses can really add up. And that’s not to mention the cost of keeping them entertained! Fortunately, there are actually plenty of fun, FREE things to do with kids in Tallahassee. We might be biased (OK, fine…We’re definitely biased), but we think roller skating is one of the best activities to do with your kids. And with just a couple of simple steps, your kids can skate free! Keep reading to learn how to sign up for the Kids Skate Free program, and join us at one of our public skating sessions to let the good times roll. 

Kids Skate Free

Kids Skate Free (KSF) is a program designed to help families get out of the house and enjoy healthy physical activity while saving money. By registering for the program, you will get 2 free passes per child, per week. Each pass is only good for one week, after which it expires. Expired passes are replaced with new valid passes each Monday. That means your kids can each skate twice a week for FREE! Talk about a deal!
The program is only for children aged 10 and younger. KSF passes cannot be combined with other offers or used towards group events, birthday parties, etc.

How To Sign Up

Visit KidsSkateFree.com and search for your city, or go directly to our Kids Skate Free signup page. Simply fill out the quick and easy online form and submit it. Once you’ve signed up, download and install the MyHownd app. Your Kids Skate Free passes will be available to use starting on Monday morning! 

How To Use Your Passes

To use your passes, just look in the My Promos section or your MyHownd Wallet. Show us the promo at the front desk when you check-in. Once the activated promo is marked as redeemed, you’ll see it in the Redeemed Promos section. You’re all set! Your kids can enjoy roller skating for hours and you can feel great knowing that not only are they having fun, but they’re also getting some fantastic exercise. 

When To Use Your Passes

We have 3 Kids Skate Free days per week: 

  • Mondays noon-4 pm
  • Fridays noon-4 pm and 7 pm-10 pm
  • Saturdays noon-4 pm and 7-10 pm

We can’t wait for your family to experience the fun and fitness of roller skating, so don’t wait! If you have kids under 10 years old, sign them up for Kids Skate Free and join us on the rink.
And remember, that while only kids get to skate for free, skating is great for adults, too. Rent some skates, lace up, and recapture the feeling of freedom that only roller skating can provide. You’ll feel like a kid again, and maybe you can even show your kids some moves. 

Doing Our Part(y): How We’re Keeping Skate World a Safe Place to Skate and Celebrate During COVID

There’s a popular saying going around; “The pandemic’s not over just because you’re over it.” If you’re feeling really, really “over it,” just know that you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are still ways to have fun while also taking COVID safety seriously… And that’s exactly what we’re focused on at Skate World!

Whether you’re looking for a birthday party venue or just something fun to do on an afternoon, we’ve got you covered. The skating rink is open and we are doing our part to be good neighbors by providing Tallahasseeans with a place for family fun in a safe environment. Keep reading to learn about our COVID safety precautions, and plan your party or visit today!

COVID Safety at Skate World

We abide by all state and local health and safety regulations, but we also hold ourselves to a higher standard. The safety of our guests and staff is our highest priority, which is why we have chosen to institute the following COVID safety procedures and policies.

Limited Capacity

We are currently choosing to limit our capacity by 50%. While local government regulations do not require this, we want to make sure that visitors and staff can safely maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet as much as possible. We have also reduced the number of tables to create 6 feet between each table.
Additionally, we have split our Saturday open skating hours into 2 sessions. The time between skate sessions allows us to thoroughly clean and sanitize our facility before the next session. To further reduce the risk of exposure, we have drastically reduced our Saturday birthday party availability to only 3 slots. This allows each party group to be the only party during their time slot.

Heightened Health and Safety Procedures

According to the Leon County Mask Ordinance, everyone must wear a face covering at all times while in a business establishment. Our staff is required to wear masks and gloves at all times while on duty, and we require visitors to wear a mask in order to enter the facility. In addition to the local mask mandate, we have also incorporated several safety precautions into our operations, including:

  • Daily temperature checks for staff
  • Floor decals to direct traffic and assist in social distancing
  • Additional sanitizing and cleaning throughout the day
  • Hand sanitizer stations

Private Event Opportunities

While we are taking every precaution to reduce the risk of COVID during our public parties and skating sessions, we know that some customers feel more comfortable with private events. That’s why we’re offering private rink rentals starting as low as $179. If you’ve ever wanted to host a private roller skating party, this is your golden opportunity!

Thank you to all of our loyal skaters for your support during the pandemic. We appreciate you and are so glad to be able to offer a fun, social, and physically active way to de-stress in Tallahassee. Make your plan to visit today, and call us at 850-385-RINK (7465) with any questions!

Get the Best Deal on Private Events in Tallahassee at Skate World

Happy woman skating through line of party guestsWith coronavirus still weighing on everyone’s minds, party planning remains a challenge. Fortunately, if you’re trying to plan a party in Tallahassee, we’ve got an amazing deal for you! Instead of worrying about a public party with other people around, why not take advantage of our Rent the Rink special and host a private party—while also saving 20% off the regular private event fee! 

Rent the Rink With Our Private Event Special

What’s the Deal?

Want to host a party without exposing you and your guests to unnecessary outside people? We have you covered. Due to these unprecedented times, we are offering a very special deal to our customers, allowing you to enjoy our skating rink, indoor playground, and arcade all to yourselves. You choose the guest list, bring your crew, and enjoy a fun-filled hour and a half  of private event time at Skate World. It’s the ultimate party flex, whether you’re celebrating a birthday, bachelorette weekend, college event, graduation, or any other special occasion!

Rent the Rink Special Details

  • Save 20% off on Rent The Rink when you book a weekday event. 
  • Invite up to 15 people.
  • Enjoy 90 minutes of private event time.
  • Guests may choose between roller skating with free skate rental OR indoor playground.
  • We provide a live DJ playing your favorite music.
  • Face masks are legally required for everyone by county mandate. Skaters should wear long socks.
  • The playground is for kids 10 and under only. 
  • You MUST call ahead to make your reservation. Please call 850-385-7465 to reserve over the phone.
  • Limit 1 per person, not to be combined with any other offer.
  • Our team works hard to give our guests an incredible experience! Please remember to tip on the full amount of your party prior to the discount. 
  • Standard appointment and cancellation policies apply. 

Private Event Rentals for Everyone

Wondering if a private roller skating event is right for you? In short: You bet it is! Our private skating parties are the perfect solution for any type of celebration in Tallahassee, including: 

  • Birthday parties for kids, teens, and adults
  • Home school group meetups
  • School rewards for Honor Roll, etc.
  • Tiny Tot meetups, Mommy and Me events, or any group of parents with young kids
  • Small college groups, clubs, fraternities, and sororities
  • Church youth groups, small groups, Bible study groups
  • Couples for date night
  • An epic family fun night with your spouse and kids
  • Team parties
  • Much more!

Whether your group includes beginner skaters, pro skaters, or anyone in between, you’re sure to have a blast during your private event. And most importantly, we do our utmost to keep our guests SAFE! As Tallahassee’s premier skating complex, we take your health seriously, which is why our entire facility undergoes regular antimicrobial disinfecting with LAST™ Hospital Grade Disinfectant and Antimicrobial Coating. This treatment uses EPA registered, hospital-grade disinfectants applied by electric misters to coat the entire facility, reducing risk of cross-contamination and creating an antimicrobial coating. In addition, we have escalated our cleaning and sanitation processes, from assigning a dedicated staff member to clean and sanitize high-traffic areas and surfaces, to requiring temperature checks, properly-worn masks, and gloves for all staff while on duty.

The Ultimate Roller Skating Gift Guide

Hands holding wrapped birthday gift2020 has been a hard year in many ways, but if there’s any silver lining to this storm cloud of a year, it’s the roller-skating renaissance that has flourished on TikTok! Whether you’re gift-shopping for a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed new skater, a seasoned rink rat, or a dedicated derby girl, these roller skating gifts are sure to please. 

Roller Skating Gift Ideas

New Gear

There are so many options when it comes to roller skates these days, so you can find a pair of skates that is perfect for any skill level, interest, age, or style. A new pair of skates is an awesome gift, but don’t forget about all of the accessories and gear a skater might need as well. Maybe your gift recipient already has their dream skates, but you can still buy them a nice skate bag, a bearings cleaning kit, light-up wheels, and many other skating accessories!

Fun Skating Experiences

Some of the best gifts aren’t even physical items at all. Why not give the gift of fun memories at Skate World? Here at our Tallahassee skating rink, we have lots of options to choose from.

Treat your giftee to a visit during one of our public skating sessions and enjoy great music and atmosphere. We also have an arcade, indoor playground, and snack bar, so you can bring the whole family and make a day of it!

Beginner Skate Lessons are great for folks who are new to the sport. We also offer Speed Skating training for those who already know how to skate but want to take their skills to the next level. 

If you’re really looking for a show-stopping gift, book a party! We offer birthday parties, team parties, and even private events. We’d love to help you plan a special event for someone, so give us a call at 850-386-4807 and let’s chat!

Skater Swag

If you’re looking for a unique roller skating gift for a skater who already has everything they need, why not gift them some cool roller skating swag that they didn’t know they wanted? There are tons of artists making cool roller skating merch, from art prints and clothing to home goods and tech accessories. 

Check out sites like Society6 for artist-designed roller skating goods like travel mugs, face masks, stickers, bags, towels, and so much more. Head over to Etsy for even more fun skating gifts, like custom shirts, hats, and jewelry; vintage skates; and roller skating accessories made by skaters, for skaters. Who wouldn’t love a set of cheetah-print boot covers or iridescent wings that lace onto skates?

Whatever you decide to gift to your favorite skater, we hope it lands you on the “nice” list!

Fun Workouts for After Your Thanksgiving Feast

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Juicy roast turkey. Savory stuffing. Creamy mashed potatoes and gravy. Rich green bean casserole and yams. Sweet cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Admit it, your mouth is watering! All of those Thanksgiving dishes—or whatever special occasion foods are traditional in your family— truly are delicious, so it’s no wonder most of us tend to indulge in a feast that will have us wishing we wore stretchy pants by the end of the day. After a big meal, getting some activity in can make you feel much better. Keep reading for some after-Thanksgiving workout ideas to rouse you from your food coma. Bonus: You can get the whole family involved!

Post-Thanksgiving Workouts

Laying around after a big meal will only make you feel worse, so be sure to at least take a quick walk or kick a ball around with your kids. Even light physical activity can help with digestion. Doing any of these things after your meal or the next day will help you feel good and balance out those holiday calories. 

Take a nature walk. 

Whether you head to a local hiking trail, visit the neighborhood park, or just walk around the block, a leisurely nature walk is the perfect after Thanksgiving workout for kids and adults alike. Look around at the trees and plants you see along your walk, look and listen for wildlife, and see if you can find any cool natural items like stones, pinecones, snail shells, etc. If any of your family members know a lot about nature, you could even ask them to be your “tour guide” and identify plants and animals along the way.

Go roller skating. 

As we’ve mentioned a time or two before, roller skating is a great whole body workout that people of almost any age can enjoy. From little kids to grandparents, skating offers a fun, low-impact exercise that can work up a sweat and raise your heartrate for cardio conditioning. It also helps you build muscles, especially in your legs and core, and can even help you improve your balance and agility! 

Our public skate hours are an easy, affordable, and impromptu way to have some holiday fun with your family and friends. But right now, you can actually book a private skating event for your group at a discount, allowing you to have the whole skating rink to yourselves. For $149, you get 90 minutes of skating for up to 15 people—less than 10 bucks per person! Talk about a deal to be thankful for. 

Play ball. 

Remember the days before video games and smart phones? No? Well, we had these things called “games” and we’d go outside to play them in the yard. OK, we’re kidding (kind of…), but if you’re trying to get active with your family, just go outside and kick a soccer ball around! If your family is into another sport, play catch with a baseball or football, throw a frisbee, shoot some hoops, or have a relay race. 

No matter how you hang out with your family, in person or virtually, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Halloween Costume Ideas for Spooky Skaters

Woman in bright 1980s costumeUnfortunately, we’ve all been stuck at home for most of 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there has been one silver lining: The rise of roller skating Tik Tok. If you love to skate, or you’re just looking for a 🔥🔥🔥 Halloween costume idea that’s sure to turn heads, check out these roller skating Halloween costume ideas. Need some new wheels to take your look to the next level? We sell stylish skates for all ages and interests, including fun colors like purple glitter.     

Halloween Costumes for Skaters

One of the best things about roller skating Halloween costumes is that you can usually cobble them together with clothes you already own, items found at your local thrift shop, and/or a few select accessories from the local costume shop or Halloween store.  

Roller Boogie Babe 

When it comes to roller skating costumes, you can’t get much better than roller disco for inspiration! Channel 70s style however it fits your personality best. Are you feeling glam? Edgy? Down-to-earth? One of these is sure to fit your style.

  • Knee socks, shorts (think track shorts, jorts, or gold lamé), and suspenders. Bonus points if your socks and suspenders are rainbow print! 
  • Jumpsuits or rompers in shimmery or metallic fabrics.
  • Shiny polyester shirts; the louder, the better.
  • Bellbottoms with retro t-shirts.
  • Classic punk or glam rock.

Retro Car Hop

If you’re feeling more of a cutesy vibe, or you just really like Back to the Future, opt for a 1950s car hop look. Try a retro dress (look for “wiggle” or “skater” styles) with an apron, paper hat, and a tray of fake burgers and fries, or swap out the dress for retro slacks, a short-sleeve button-down shirt with a bowtie, and a sweater vest. If you’re into the decade but not the squeaky-clean style, channel your inner James Dean with jeans, a black jacket, and a plain white tee, or take your inspiration from the Pink Ladies and T-Birds of Grease.

EXTREME 90s Roller Blader

If you’re an “Elder Millenial” or just wish you were alive for the premier of Clueless, a 90s costume is the way to go. Make like a Surge ad and throw on some jeans, an oversized t-shirt, a flannel shirt, and a backward baseball hat for a grunge-meets-X-games look, or take your cues from a Delia’s catalog with a babydoll tee, Windsor sunglasses, a tattoo choker, and space buns. Don’t forget the body glitter and brown lipstick!

However you decide to dress up for Halloween, we hope you have a blast. Show off your costume at one of our Tallahassee skating events or book our skating rink for your own private party!

Check Out What’s New at Skate World!

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It feels good to be a Skate World VIP! 😉

When it comes to having fun in Tallahassee, you know Skate World is the place to be! But do you know about all of the cool stuff we have going on? Keep reading to learn what’s new at Skate World, and let the good times roll. 

What’s New at Skate World

VIP Memberships Have Arrived!

If you love to skate, our VIP membership is a MUST HAVE! For just $10, your VIP Membership gets you into ANY public skating session for the rest of 2020 for just $1 admission. As if those savings aren’t wild enough, we’re sweetening the deal even more by throwing in a FREE $5 game card on your first VIP visit. Discount skating and free fun in the arcade? What are you waiting for—buy your VIP membership card now

Crazy Skates, Socks, and Accessories

Whether you’re celebrating your new VIP membership or just want to freshen up your look on the skating rink, we’ve got awesome new roller skates, socks, and skating accessories available now. These new Crazy Skates are going to be a hit, with super cool, trendy colors like purple glitter and glossy turquoise. Call us to order your pair and snap them up before it’s too late.
In addition to quad and inline skates, we also have indoor and outdoor wheels in a variety of bright, bold colors. 

Get the Whole Rink to Yourself

Have you ever wanted to have a whole skating rink to yourself? Well, here’s your chance! During these unprecedented times, you can book your very own private skate session complete with a live DJ, free skate rental, and 90 minutes of roller skating fun for up to 15 people. At just $149, that’s less than $10 per person for a private skating experience. 

When you rent the rink, your guests can choose between skating and our indoor playground, so there’s something for everyone—even the little kids. This is a great option if you want to reduce your interaction with other people outside your immediate circle of friends and family. 

Of course, we are taking all of the necessary steps to keep our customers and staff safe, including regular disinfection with a hospital-grade disinfecting treatment applied by electric misters to our entire facility. This EPA-registered disinfecting treatment creates an anti-microbial surface, helping to prevent cross-contamination on high-traffic surfaces.
In addition to this professional-level disinfecting being performed regularly, we have also increased our cleaning and safety protocols, with temperature checks for staff, more frequent cleaning, staff wearing masks and gloves, and even a dedicated staff member to disinfect high-touch/high-traffic areas. 

We are doing our best to keep everyone safe while still providing Tallahassee families with a fun, active way to spend time together, so we hope you’ll visit us! Have a social distance meet up with friends or family, and let the good times roll… There’s never been a better time to skate your cares away!

Fun and Games at the Skating Rink: 3 Things to Do with Friends

Young teen in pink hat laughing2020 has been a real doozy so far, but we’re thrilled to be open again and able to see you, our awesome customers! With the ongoing stresses of the coronavirus pandemic, school starting back, and the end of summer, you deserve to make some time for fun. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered with this list of fun things to do with your friends at the skating rink

3 Ideas for Fun with Friends

Roller skating is the perfect activity for de-stressing and socializing. As a low-impact cardio workout, it’s good for your physical fitness, but it can also improve your mental health. And because our large indoor skating rink provides plenty of space for social distancing, it’s a good place to meet up with friends in Tallahassee for some much-needed quality time to hang out, catch up, and cut loose. Keep reading to learn some fun things to do with friends at the skating rink, and check our schedule for upcoming skate sessions

Skate in Sync

Come up with a “routine” and practice skating in sync with your friends. Check out movies like Roll Bounce and ATL for inspiration, and let your creativity run wild. You can also turn this into a “follow the leader” type game, with one person doing a particular move or series of moves, and everyone behind following suit. 

Have a Dance Off

If your friend group has more of a competitive vibe, why not challenge each other to a dance off? See who has the best moves and maybe even learn some new tricks from each other! If you want to take your skating skills to the next level, you can even sign up for roller skating lessons at Skate World. 

Get the Party Started

Make up for lost time from all of those birthdays missed in quarantine, or plan a party “just because.” Our Tallahassee roller skating parties and events are a great option for both large and small gatherings, whether you’re looking for an easy, stress-free kids birthday party option or you just want to have the rink all to your group for a private event. For a limited time, we’re even offering small group rink rentals to allow you and your friends to hang out and have fun while social distancing and enjoying the WHOLE skating rink to yourselves. Up to 15 guests can choose between skating (with free skate rental) or the playground for kids ages 10 and under. Add in our live DJ playing the best music, and you’re sure to have a memorable event with your favorite people. 

What’s your favorite thing to do at the skating rink with your friends? We hope to see you soon for some skating fun, whether at one of our public skate sessions or a private event.

We’re BACK and Better Than Ever! What to Know About Our Re-Opening

Blue and white retro Open signIt’s been a long time coming, but we are thrilled to welcome you back to Skate World Center! We know our local roller skating community has been missing our Tallahassee skating rink during the coronavirus pandemic closures, but we’re back and better than ever. We can’t wait to see you again, so check out our guide on what to expect during your next visit. 

Welcome Back to Skate World

As excited as we are to get the party started again here at the skating rink, we know that the COVID-19 situation requires the utmost caution and cleanliness. As a family-operated and locally-owned small business, keeping our community safe is our number one priority, and we appreciate your cooperation as we reopen for some much-needed fun, exercise, and excitement after so much time stuck at home. Please read through our updated cleanliness and safety guidelines and help us make our reopening as safe as possible, so we can continue to be a destination for safe, active family fun in Tallahassee. 

What We’re Doing: Regular Antimicrobial Cleaning

Our entire facility undergoes regular antimicrobial disinfecting with LAST™ Hospital Grade Disinfectant and Antimicrobial Coating. This treatment uses EPA registered, hospital-grade disinfectants applied by electric misters to coat the entire facility, reducing risk of cross-contamination and creating an antimicrobial coating. 

We are also escalating our regular cleaning and sanitation practices, including assigning a dedicated team member to clean and sanitize high-traffic/high-touch surfaces. Our staff will be temperature checked before entering the building, and will be wearing masks at all times while on duty. 

What You Can Do: Skate Safely

  • We will be administering temperature checks before entry for guests as well as employees. If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, please STAY HOME. 
  • We have reduced the number of tables, spacing them 6 feet apart to facilitate social distancing. Please respect other guests and maintain social distancing at all times during your visit. 
  • Pay attention to our new floor decals to guide you as you line up at the counters and help keep guests 6 feet away from each other at all times. 
  • Use our new hand-sanitizing stations and follow the CDC’s recommendations for hand hygiene. Teamwork makes the dream work! 
  • Wear a mask.

With your cooperation, we can reduce the spread of coronavirus and have fun this summer… And we’re all in need of some fun after the way this year has gone so far! 

Our summer schedule is in effect as of June 13th, 2020, and will continue until August 7th, 2020. Visit our hours page to see details, and please remember that above-the-ankle socks are required for any guests who wish to roller skate or use the playground.